February 3, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida State volleyball Head Coach Dr. Cecile
Reynaud announced today the signing of five players to National Letters of
Intent to play volleyball for the Lady Seminoles in 1999. Reynaud will add
a great deal of height and speed to her lineup with the additions of Erica
Bunch of Crawfordville, FL (Wakulla High School), Fort Wayne, IN natives
Kristin Frye (Northrop High School) and Jamie Hibbard (Elmhurst High
School), Martha Hamilton of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (Pope John Paul II
Secondary School) and Dawn Hough of Brandon, FL (Durant High School).
“This group of signees is probably the best group of pure athletes
we’ve ever signed,” Reynaud said. “Our 1999 team should be very athletic,
very quick and very tall. With these additions, we’ll have eight people
six-foot or taller and four players who can touch 10 feet or better.”
Erica Bunch, who earned 1998 All-State honors, is from
Crawfordville and becomes the first local player to sign with the Florida
State volleyball program. A three-time All Big Bend honoree, Bunch earned
Big Bend Player of the Year honors as a senior in 1998. The 6’2″ outside
hitter was coached by Dr. Jose Morales at Wakulla High School and also
played in the Big Bend Club the past three years.
Kristin Frye is a 6’0″ middle/right side hitter who hails from
Northrop High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the same school that former
FSU standout Holly Schneider attended. Frye, a 1998 USA Volleyball First
Team All-American, was also selected to the 1998 National Gatorade Circle
of Champions and was pegged the state of Indiana’s 1998 Gatorade High
School Girls Volleyball Player of the Year. A member of the 1998 Indiana
state All-Star Team, Frye played club for the Fort Wayne Juniors and her
team finished second at the USA Junior Nationals in 1998.
Also hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana is 5’8″ setter Jamie Hibbard.
A 1998 USA Volleyball First Team All-American, Hibbard, a member of the
1998 Indiana state All-Star Team, was a two-time All-SAC First Team
selection and was granted the 1998 Glass Spike Award, given to the top
volleyball player in the conference. She was teammates with Frye on the
Fort Wayne Juniors club team that finished second at the USA Junior
Nationals in 1998.
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, native Martha Hamilton is a 6’0″
outside hitter. Currently enrolled at Florida State and studying
criminology, she played club volleyball for the Scarborough Titans. She
will practice with the team this spring but will not compete until the fall
and will have four years eligibility.
Standing 6-2, middle hitter Dawn Hough is a First Team All-State,
All-County and All-Conference honoree. The Brandon, Fla., native played
club volleyball for the Tampa Bay Club.
Florida State will return nine letterwinners from the 1998 Atlantic
Coast Conference championship team that finished 25-11 and made its second
straight NCAA Tournament appearance, but gone will be five senior starters.
The 1999 roster will be comprised of three seniors, two juniors, four
sophomores and five freshmen.
“Obviously we lost five players who contributed a great deal to our
team,” Reynaud said. “This recruiting class will help to fill the voids
left by those players. Although they’ll lack experience, they are very
solid, talented players. We will be young, but athletic.”